Tri County Report For July 13th, 2017

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in New Castle. According to police 75 year old Bruno Lorusso of New Castle failed to stop at the intersection of Mill Street and Falls Street and struck a car operated by 45 year old Thomas Wharry also of New Castle.  Police said Wharry suffered a minor injury in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

College tuition is likely going up in Pennsylvania soon.  The Board of Governors Finance Committee has voted to raise tuition for universities by three-and-a-half-percent, which means about 254-dollars-a-year.  They won’t make changes immediately, but plan to use recommendations to create an action plan in the future.  A final vote will be made by the full board today.

A private Buffalo Township club is facing disciplinary action for allowing gambling without a license.  The state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement says the White Star Fraternal Society let its license to operate small games of chance to lapse late last fall but still operated the games.  The Shuster Drive club is also accused of failing to keep proper records for two years prior to April of this year.  It also allegedly failed to comply with Liquor Codes requiring records.  The club’s license could be in jeopardy.

A woman who was trapped under a refrigerator and debris following the partial collapse of a building in downtown Washington is free.  WPXI reports the woman was loaded into an ambulance after being trapped for more than nine hours.  Washington County officials said crews had to stabilize and lift two floors that were on the fridge that pinned the woman.  The woman’s fiance was also injured in the collapse around 9 o’clock yesterday morning on North Main Street.

Federal investigators say 19 people are facing charges as part of a drug sweep in three western Pennsylvania counties.  The sweep targeted homes in Allegheny, Butler and Beaver counties.  While many suspects were apprehended in the raids, officials say some suspects are still at large.  Federal investigators say they hope to be out with more information about the case today.

No injuries were reported following a two vehicle accident Tuesday in Butler County. According to State Police 28 year old Gregory McWilliams of Butler failed to stop for traffic on North Main Street and struck a care operated by 61 year old George Deakings also of Butler.  The investigation into the accident is continuing.

The homicide trial of 28 year old Calvin Norris formerly of Sharon began yesterday in Mercer County.  According to the Sharon Herald, Norris is accused of shooting and injuring Kimberly Odem just before midnight on Aug. 14 of last year,  then gunning down 46 year old  Percy Lee Godfrey. Norris was offered a plea deal to servie 40 to 80 years in prison.  He turned that offer down and if found guilty would spend life in prison.

A Westmoreland County judge is denying the appeal of a Rostraver man who pleaded guilty to killing his sister’s boyfriend.  Yesterday, a Common Pleas Court judge found there was no basis to vacate the guilty plea Billy Ray Boggs entered nearly two years ago.  Boggs pleaded guilty to one count each of first-degree murder, third-degree murder and abuse of a corpse.  He claimed he was coerced to plead guilty by a defense attorney.  It’s the second time his conviction has been upheld.